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Winners of NIIT Vish Come True Chess competition play with World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand
Anand plays live Chess, simultaneously with the winners across 7 cities
New Delhi, June 16, 2009: NIIT Vish Come True, National Chess Competition for school children organized by NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, witnessed a grand closing today.  World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand played simultaneous chess with the eight National Champions across seven locations - Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Bhopal and Patna, facilitated by NIIT Imperia’s synchronous learning technology, while being based out of Delhi.
The eight National winners- Rohit Mondal, Air Force School, Pathankot; Parul Yadav, St. Xaviers Senior Secondary School, Bhopal; Navneet Kaur, Harkrishan Public School, Bathinda; Noor  Mohd, Peoples Public School, Bhopal; Rajnish  Kumar, R.P.S School, Bihar Sharif; Anubhab Mondal, Howrah District Chess Association, Kolkata; Deval U Surana, Delhi Public School, Surat; and Arvindnath  Rajesh, Chess Needs Academy, Paravoor, Kerala, were shortlisted to play with Anand.
The national chess contest saw widespread participation from around 7000 students from 500 schools all over the nation. Enthusiastic students from places as diverse as- Sibsagar in Assam to Surat in Gujarat and Pathankot in Punjab to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu enrolled for the competition, hoping for a chance to play with their Chess Ideal, lovingly referred by them as Vishy Anand.
The contest was organized by NIIT through its national network of centres. School students were encouraged to come forward and play Chess, as the game helps improve concentration and decision making abilities, thereby enhancing academic performance among children.
Commenting on the inter-link between Chess and academic performance, World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand said, “Chess is a great stimulant for significant intellectual development resulting in improved academic performance. I feel more and more students should be introduced to Chess during their formative years as it helps bring out their analytical skills.”
“Vish Come True, is yet another initiative by NIIT to introduce chess to students at a young age in order to develop their intellectual capabilities”, he added.
World Chess Champion, Anand, gave playing tips to young Chess enthusiasts and responded to their queries, using NIIT Imperia’s national network which is being used by premier business schools such as the IIMs (Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata) and others, to offer their executive management education programs to working professionals across the country.
Mr. G Raghavan, President, Global Individual Learning Solutions, NIIT said, “We have received an overwhelming response for the NIIT Vish Come True competition across India. This has been an ideal initiative that supports our endeavour to promote intellectual growth of students. It is also interesting to see the satellite based synchronous learning platform being used beyond the management education that we deliver across 22 locations. ”
NIIT Vish come True competition was extensively technology based both in terms of the actual game being played and the evaluation itself. Schools from far flung areas were assisted in enrolling by registering on by the regional coordinators of NIIT. To facilitate further inclusion the competition was held across 300 NIIT centres, covering locations all over India. Every NIIT centre selected around 3 schools with one winner qualifying from each NIIT centre followed by 3 winners qualifying from each region. The judging process that happened simultaneously was carried online, thus reducing the time period.
NIIT provided varying levels of recognitions and rewards for both the participants and schools, ranging from a certificate of participation, chess sets with Vishy’s autograph to trophies with his autograph. The winners were awarded with Vishy signed Chess Boards and a Swift Program on IT from NIIT. The SWIFT programs from NIIT are the simplest and quickest way to get acquainted with basic IT skills and usages of the internet through simple fun filled programs.
About NIIT
NIIT Limited, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions to over 5 million students across 40 countries.
Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the ‘Top IT Training Company’ award successively for the past 15 years, since the inception of this category. Rated among India’s Business Superbrands 2008, NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT - GNIIT, Edgeineers and Global Net Plus for IT professionals.
NIIT has provided computer-based learning to over 12,000 government and private schools. The futuristic NIIT eGURU range for schools is a holistic education package that comprises of Interactive Classrooms (an embedded Teaching Learning Material, that uses elements of interactivity, automation and web links library); Math lab (technology tools that enable school students to learn and explore mathematical concepts); IT Wizard (equips the students with core computer knowledge and IT skills); and Quick School (an Education Resource Planning solution for school management).
For working professionals, NIIT Imperia, Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Management Education Programs in association with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, IMT Ghaziabad and IIFT Delhi.
NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI), formed by NIIT with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporates in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance.
NIIT Uniqua, Centre for Process Excellence, addresses the increasing demand for skilled workers in the business and technology services industry by providing training programs in relevant areas. This is a part of NIIT Institute of Process Excellence, a NIIT-Genpact venture.
NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions, offers integrated learning solutions (including strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses.
NIIT delivers a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology and services through Element K offerings. These include: vLab®: hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and KnowledgeHub™: hosted learning management platform. This makes NIIT the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.

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